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High Oregon Insurance Coverage Rate Masks Some Disparities

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An overwhelming number of Oregonians have health insurance, but a small minority, about 240,000 people, still lack coverage, typically because they don’t qualify for government-paid plans and can’t afford commercial plans, the state’s 2019 health insurance survey found.

Oregon Health Authority Suggests Temporary Ban on Sale of Vaping Products

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The possibility of a ban on the sale of vaping products loomed closer late Friday as the Oregon Health Authority recommended Oregon Gov. Kate Brown consider imposing a temporary six-month moratorium on the sale of all vaping items.

Workers Bear Ever-Larger Cost Of Employer Health Insurance Plans

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For the 153 million Americans who get health insurance through their jobs, a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation tells a depressing story that workers are already only too familiar with.

Kaiser, Unions Reach Tentative Labor Contract Deal

More than 80,000 union-represented clerical and other workers in the Kaiser Permanente system appear on track to lock in solid pay raises and benefit improvements under a tentative labor agreement announced Wednesday by the California-based nonprofit system and a union umbrella group, Coalition o

Oregon Launches Campaign Giving Medicaid Patients A Choice

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The Oregon Health Authority is launching a campaign to alert hundreds of thousands of low-income Oregonians that they will soon be able to choose between two insurance companies for their government-funded health coverage.

Kitzhaber Heats Up Debate Over Oregon's Medicaid Direction

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Debate over how Oregon should run its $6 billion-a-year Medicaid system for intensified sharply this week, with controversy continuing to swirl around Trillium Community Health Plan, a for-profit subsidiary of the nation’s Medicaid heavyweight.

Exclusive: Trillium Badgers Hospitals In Fight For Lucrative Portland-Area Medicaid Market

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In a behind-the-scenes test of wills, Trillium Community Health Plan has hammered resistant Portland-area hospitals to sign service contracts vital for the company’s expansion as a Medicaid insurer into the three-county market in 2020.

Rejected Medicaid Company Threatens To Sue Oregon Health Authority

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A Marion County nonprofit group, which the Oregon Health Authority rejected as a Medicaid insurer this summer, warns it may sue in court to overturn the state’s decision.

McKenzie-Willamette Workers Tout Wage Gains In New Labor Contract

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Service workers at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield won some of their biggest pay raises in a decade in the latest labor contract negotiations, Service Employees International Union Local 49 said.

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